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Elizabeth C. Gregory
Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CADC

 
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Spiritual Direction

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What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a transformative journey of faith. It is relationship of three…the Holy Spirit, the Directee (the one seeking direction) and the Director (the one trained to accompany the directee on the journey.)

Spiritual Direction is a Christian spiritual practice. It may be called a “holy conversation” where one person (the directee) seeks out another (the director) for guidance and support in the life of faith. The Director is not the expert, but a guide along the journey in your faith with the Holy Spirit.

Who should try Spiritual Direction?

Anyone seeking a closer relationship with God. Many people seek Spiritual Direction during times of change in life such as mid-life, desiring a career change, or retirement. Others are feeling a call to a significant change such as a change in professions or a call to ministry. Some seek Spiritual Direction when questioning their faith tradition, feeling God is distant, or even questioning if faith and God are real.  Spiritual direction is a tool that helps us grow closer to God by giving us the time to look at our personal stories—past, present, and future—in the light of God’s activity in our lives. It is distinct from psychotherapy, life coaching, and pastoral care. Spiritual direction is a discipline of faith that is alive and well throughout today’s world.

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What will it be like?

Each session which will last for 50-60 minutes. Generally sessions are held once monthly, but may occur every 2 weeks at the beginning to establish relationship. Cost is $50.00 per session and is expected at the time of the session. Cash or check is acceptable. Insurance companies do not provide payment for this service.

How can I learn more about Spiritual Direction?

Here are a few books that you may be interested in reading. 

  • Starting Spiritual Direction, by John Mabry
  • Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction, By Margaret Guenther
  • Spiritual Direction Spiritual Companion: Guide to Tending the Soul, By Tilden Edwards

You may also want to visit Metagem Institute website at: http://metageminstitute.org/

“To receive spiritual direction is to recognize that God does not solve our problems or answer all our questions, but leads us closer to the mystery of our existence where all questions cease.” - Henri Nouwen

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